The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 became the most important piece of legislation in preventing industrial deafness. It came into effect for all areas apart from the music and entertainment industry, which will need to conform to the rules by April 2008.
At present, it is thought that up to 1.1 million people are at risk of industrial deafness or tinnitus as a result of their workplace and it is hoped that these regulations will reduce this number. These most recent regulations update, change and expand upon the Noise at Work Regulations of 1989 to make industrial deafness a less likely outcome of working in a noisy environment. Read the Noise at Work Regulations 1989.
The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 gives several “action levels”, which mean that if noise reaches a certain level, an employer must take specific action.
The Control of Noise Regulations 2005 recommends that a “competent person” should carry out noise measurements. There are many companies that can provide a professional assessment and monitoring of levels of noise in UK businesses. It is important that an accurate measurement be taken so that the correct precautions can be employed to avoid workers suffering industrial deafness or tinnitus.
It is not always straightforward to measure the level of noise in a workplace, although the general rule is that two workers should be able to have a conversation at a distance of two metres without having to raise their voices. If it is not possible to converse at this distance, it is likely that workplace noise could be damaging to the ears.
If you believe that you have noise-related hearing problems that you sustained as a result of your work, you may well be entitled to industrial deafness compensation. Under the Noise at Work Regulations 2005, employers have a responsibility to ensure that workers’ hearing is not damaged by a noisy workplace. Contact First Personal Injury to see if you are entitled to claim compensation.
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